Immigration in Canada is at historically high levels and this is causing a correlating growth in the field of immigration consultants. Some immigration consultants, who are lucky enough to have their own thriving practice, are doing so well that they are looking to bring others into their firm who have taken an immigration consultant diploma program and/or are regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants.
While there are steps to take to become regulated after successfully completing an immigration consultant diploma program, some individuals may be looking for a job prior to completing these steps to become regulated, or perhaps they want the education, but would prefer to work at an assistant’s level. Others may have already completed their immigration consultant diploma program and have achieved their regulated status, but don’t want to start their own firm, preferring instead to work for someone else. Still others may want to specialize in areas like refugee immigration law or tribunal immigration law.
Obviously there are many types of people in the immigration consulting and the owner/manager of an immigration consulting firm will need to know what roles they want to hire for as they grow and expand their the business. Consider these four aspects when it’s time to add to your team:
- Education – Do you have a preference for where someone took their immigration consultant diploma program or other education? Ashton College is one of the most established institutions in providing education in the field of immigration consulting. Therefore a graduate of Ashton may want to hire individuals who are also alumni from the school. This is understandable with the high-calibre level of graduates Ashton has had come through the program and the advanced, hands-on experience of the instructors. Plus, the immigration consultant diploma program is offered online as are the refugee immigration law and tribunal immigration law courses. This online offering is always beneficial, but especially so during COVID restrictions.
- Specialization – Some regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants want to be generalists but also want to add specific services to their firm’s offerings. This could be handling cases that require refugee immigration law or tribunal immigration law. While Ashton College provides education in both of these areas in its immigration consultant diploma program, it also offers specific courses in both areas. This specialization allows a firm to take on much more detailed and demanding cases that may go before the Immigration Division. Hiring someone with this type of background will allow a firm to add new specialized services.
- Focus on who – You will need to get very clear about who you want to bring into your firm in order to create your job posting. Postings can be as long and detailed as you need them to be, but they must also be honest and enticing. You want potential candidates to be excited about the idea of working for you and yet, they must also get an immediate sense of whether they are a fit for what you are looking for or not. Use clear and specific language about the type of person you want. Define your expectations, what their education and experience should include and their personality type. Knowing – and communicating – the traits of the right candidate is more than half of the job in finding them.
- Look in the right places – You’ll need to put your job post in a few places, but you want to be selective. Some organizations post job ads on Facebook, but this is not likely the right fit for an immigration firm. You’re more likely to do better through professional job sites, LinkedIn and even using a professional recruitment firm to find the right individual to fit your firm’s needs.
Hiring people is a big deal that takes a lot of time and energy and you want to get it right the first time. Take your time in understanding the type of person you’re looking for and how to reach them and you’ll be well on your way to making them part of the success of your growing immigration consultancy.
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